Articles by Edan Lepucki

June 23, 2016

Well Fed: Breastfeeding in Literature 4

For the first months of my daughter’s life, when I was nursing a lot more often and for longer sessions, I depended on TV and books to keep me sane.

June 7, 2016

Neither Gift nor Curse: The Millions Interviews Rumaan Alam 0

Novels can do whatever the writer asks them to. It may not work, but you can always ask.

April 27, 2016

Life Is Short and This Book Is Long: Two Thoroughly Modern Women Continue to Discuss ‘David Copperfield’ 19

I still have 200 pages to go and I can barely remember what it’s like to truly love a book. I am so behind and the book is starting to feel endless. Every night I tell myself, “Okay, go to bed early. Read for an hour or more.” Then I get in bed, read two pages, and fall asleep at 9 pm or whatever it is.

March 9, 2016

Poor Davy! Two Thoroughly Modern Women Discuss David Copperfield 4

Rarely do I read a book that leads me to Charles Dickens, especially considering I tend to read either autobiographical fiction or semi-experimental nonfiction written by women. So who is gonna fave my David Copperfield tweets, I guess is my point?!

March 7, 2016

Resisting Neatness and Symmetry: The Millions Interviews Dana Spiotta 2

There is something poignant and beautiful in those fractures in your ordinary life, the moments when you realize that you were mistaken or insufficient or what you did had an unintended consequence. The clarifying and humbling experience of shedding your delusions.

February 16, 2016

The Anxiety of Influence: Children’s Books and Their Grown-Up Counterparts 3

Like Franzen’s novels, the Berenstain Bear books might meander, reveling in details alternately informative and irrelevant, but ultimately they’re straightforward tales about family.

January 25, 2016

Flossing Your Teeth and Reading Dickens: Resolutions for the New Year 2

In figuring out my own reading resolutions, I realized how much fun it is to hear about what others plan to read this year.

December 13, 2015

A Year in Reading: Edan Lepucki 5

Midway through the book, I thought, These books are so…female. I feel like…I’m sucking on a tampon.

June 17, 2015

There Must Be a German Word for That: Language for Writers and Readers 12

There are a host of moments in the life of a writer/reader that require their own special words. I’d settle for acronyms. We can do this, people! Our tribe came up with Franzenfreude, after all.

March 31, 2015

Beyond Binaries: On ‘Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids’ 15

I never placed before myself an either/or choice: writing or parenthood. I do think it’s possible to love your child unconditionally, and to also care deeply about one’s artistic pursuits. They aren’t mutually exclusive.